M. Balter wrote:
For those interested in a balanced view
of the potential from the human genome, see the attached news story in
> Ten years
on, the hopedfor revolution against human disease has not
> " ... I still feel that it was overhyped to the general
population," read one
consistent opinion about this racket is far from eccentric; to imply
that my view is unbalanced is merely a typical rhetorical smear from
this peculiarly abusive party.
Goldhaber's recent comment is fine with me - and with
many others, I suspect.
is no need for journalists to act as cheerleaders for such wasteful
; and for those interested in human and
primate evolution, see the longer review also attached.
the Butler vagueness, this is much more like a scientific paper.
I am content for other scientists to form their own opinion about
whether this review discloses good value for all the money (let us
know an approx total, could you, Michael Balter?).
While it may well be true that the
medical applications of the human genome were somewhat
reservation "somewhat"? How could this "somewhat"
be justified? I believe this biased commentator, who is all the
more dangerous for his pose as an objective journalist, knows full
well that the hype of the 'human genome project' has been as extreme,
and as scientifically fraudulent, as any in all of history.
a very serious issue. Far too many resources - not
only money but more tragically talent - have been
diverted into this stupid fad which never looked like doing much good
and is a long way from science for the people.
, they may still come at least partly
true at some stage.
and controlled fusion may yet work <:-|
Most importantly, however, is the need
for progressive science folk to accept if not embrace, albeit
critically, progress in basic research rather than take a Luddite,
"told you so" attitude.
perfectly well that it has nothing to do with the Luddites.
benefits vaguely promised by 'genome sequencing' have, predictably,
turned out not to exist. I am among those who told you so.
Why try to confuse the issue?
Fortunately, this is a viewpoint
with very little influence these days.
could that be fortunate? How much money, and more importantly
how many misled young scientists, have been wasted on this 'genome'
racket? Notice in the D. Butler journalism the PR-type
statement, emphasized in a 'box', that
> A whopping 69%
of those who responded to Nature's poll say that the human
genome projects inspired them either to become a scientist or to
change the direction of their research.
many readers noticed that Butler coyly fails to give the breakdown
between those two categories? My fear is that many did indeed
change the direction of their research into this blatantly unfruitful
see M. Balter disagreeing with J. Celera Venter.
On Sun, Aug 1, 2010 at 11:28 PM, Robert
Mann <[log in to unmask]>
QUOTE OF THE
+ "WE HAVE LEARNED NOTHING FROM THE GENOME" -
Excerpt from interview by German publication Der
Spiegel with J. Celera Venter, whose team first mapped the
human genome amid huge hype about cures for cancer, Parkinson's
disease, ageing, etc.
SPIEGEL: How much would you be able to learn about us by
[obtaining our entire genetic information]?
Venter: If anything, we don't really know how to read the genome
and it can't tell us very much right now. So what's the ethical
SPIEGEL: The decoding of your personal genome has so far
revealed little more than the fact that your ear wax tends to be
Venter: That's what you say. And what else
have I learned from my genome? Very little. We couldn't
even be certain from my genome what my eye color was. Isn't that
sad? Everyone was looking for miracle 'yes/no' answers in the
genome. "Yes, you'll have cancer." Or "No,
you won't have cancer." But that's just not the way it
SPIEGEL: So the Human Genome Project has had very little medical
benefits so far?
Venter: Close to zero to put it precisely.
* * * * *
I hope I
may be forgiven for intoning "I told you so". For a
decade now, I have said DNA sequences showed very little potential for
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